Pacer cross country team advances to regional; Amber Meli represents Lady Pacers

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The Switzerland County Pacer boys cross country team ran to a second place finish on Tuesday night at the IHSAA Sectional at South Dearborn High School; and will now move on to compete in the Regional this Saturday, October 13th, at Greensburg.

The Lady Pacer cross country team also competed in the Sectional, and although the team did not advance, sophomore Amber Meli continued her outstanding season by finishing seventh overall to advance to the regional as an individual. The top 15 individual runners advance to the next level regardless of team score.

The boys team finished with a team total of 92 points to trail champion Batesville, who recorded a score of 60. South Dearborn was third with 116 points; followed by Greensburg with 139. Oldenburg Academy was fifth, followed by South Ripley, Franklin County, Rising Sun, East Central, Jac-Cen-Del, North Decatur, and Lawrenceburg.

Individually, Switzerland County saw three runners earn their way onto the All Sectional team.

Clay Meyer finished second overall in a time of 17:37; and Tray Meyer was right behind, finishing fourth overall in a time of 17:43. Corey McFarland ran his way onto the All Sectional team with a seventh place finish in a time of 17:59.

Josh Hon was 27th in a time of 19:12; Tanner Ross was 54th in a time of 20:42; Zach O’Neal was 58th in a time of 21:03; and Bradlee Burk, still battling a broken collarbone, was 76th in a time of 22:30.

“I am very proud of the way the boys ran in the Sectional,” Coach Mark Boggs said. “A second place finish in a sectional with these teams is something to be proud of. We will now focus our attention on the Greensburg Regional.”

The girls team placed seventh overall, recording a team score of 186 points.

East Central won the Sectional title with a score of 45; followed by Batesville with 72; Oldenburg Academy with 126; Rising Sun with 132; and South Ripley with 184.

South Decatur finished eighth, followed by South Dearborn, Jac-Cen-Del, Milan, and North Decatur.

Amber Meli, the individual champion in last week’s ORVC Meet, continued her outstanding season by running to a seventh place finish in a time of 21:52.

“Amber continued her impressive running as she moved into the top seven two-thirds of the way into the race,” Coach Boggs said. “She performs with a tremendous amount of heart.”

Andrea Brogan finished 29th overall for Switzerland County in a time of 23:51; and she was followed by teammate Beth Abbott in 44th place in a time of 25:35. Shana Todd was 54th in a time of 26:56; and Catie Johnson was 64th in a time of 29:11.

“Unfortunately the girls’ season as a team ended,” Coach Boggs said. “But the girls have a lot of success to be proud of. All of the girls ran their personal best times for this course. They definitely left it all out there.”

The Regional will get underway this Saturday, October 13th, in Greensburg, with the girls race beginning at 10:30 a.m. and the boys race getting underway at 11:15 a.m.